DuBois plans to seek fifth term in 2018

Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois, a Republican and former Middletown police detective who has held office for 15 years and has had no election opponent since 2006, says he plans to run next year for another four-year term, the only county office at stake in 2018.

DuBois, the only elected county official whose seat wasn’t on the ballot last month, readily acknowledged to the Times Herald-Record on Friday that he plans to seek a fifth term, and said he plans to make a formal re-election announcement around the end of January. He spoke about the progress the Sheriff’s Office has made on his watch, including the three professional accreditations it holds, and potential projects he wants to undertake, such as building new classrooms at the firing range and “constant watch unit” at the county jail.

What a re-election bid rules out, however, is a campaign for Congress. DuBois said he had been encouraged by someone in outgoing Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s office to run for New York’s 18th Congressional District, the seat Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has held since 2013. He said he’s too attached to his job, law enforcement work and his life in Orange County to consider running for Congress.

“I really want to stay where I am,” DuBois said.

DuBois beat longtime Republican Sheriff Frank Bigger – a scandal-weakened incumbent – in a primary and then a Democrat in a general election in 2002 to become sheriff. He had a primary opponent in 2006, but no other candidate – Republican or Democrat – has challenged him since.

 

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